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When is a baby considered a toddler?

Posted by on Dec. 29, 2009 at 2:34 PM
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So this may be a silly question but I was just wondering when a baby is really considered a toddler? On here it shows toddlers in the age group of 1-2. My son is going to be 14 months on Jan 7. Is that considered a toddler? I ask because I see things at the store, like food or toothbrushes for example, that is specifically for toddlers. Is he a toddler? Or is it more around age 2-3?

by on Dec. 29, 2009 at 2:34 PM
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by Member on Dec. 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM

 idk i always thought of my oldest as a toddler when he hit one year.  and i think i'll continue to consider him a toddler until he's three.  he's two right now.

by on Dec. 29, 2009 at 2:47 PM

I always think of toddler as 1-3 years old.  But that doesn't mean you can't stay here in the babies group of course! 

by Platinum Member on Dec. 29, 2009 at 8:26 PM

My daughter will be 1 day after tomorrow and I consider her a toddler. I think 1-3 are the toddler years.  

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by on Dec. 29, 2009 at 10:28 PM

"toddler" refers to a baby who is walking (think a 1 yr old toddles around) and at least one year old. At three they are considered a "preschooler" (even tho preschool doesn't start until 4, go figure). 

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by on Dec. 29, 2009 at 10:30 PM

I heard (or read) somewhere that they are considered toddlers when they start to "toddle" around.  Once they are walking they are toddlers.  Not sure if that's true, but when I looked at the foods they are marked for "supported sitters", "crawlers", "toddlers" and "preschoolers".  I think some things go by age and others by milestones.

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by on Dec. 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

In my child. psychology class a a Baby is 0-1 and a Toddler is 1yr (18months) to 4 yrs of age

The few month diff. of a year to 18 months is a transition stage between a Baby and a Toddler.

However, some also consider the Toddler years to end at the age of three. . also... which the 3 to 4 years of age is also a transition stage from Toddler to young child.... it tends to depend on the childs growth and developement at these transition stages (some transition faster than others)

hope this helps

by on Dec. 30, 2009 at 11:12 PM

I guess it depends. 12 and under is considered an infant so after is a toddler. Or it's when your baby starts walking.

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by Member on Dec. 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

I think between the ages of 1-1 1/2 it really depends on the child.  As far as food goes I would observe the developmental eating stage and readiness of mine before I routinely offered toddler meals.  My son started walking at 14 months and had some eating delays and was not able to eat the toddler foods (mixed texture gerber graduate meals) until later.  He was about 16 months when he was more ready.  On the other hand I have seen babies of 9 months that handle this type of food well. 

by on Dec. 31, 2009 at 1:58 PM

I just joined cafe mom yesterday and I was surprised to see that this group was suggested when my youngest is 21 months. I guess I consider 18 months to about 3 to be a toddler. I joined anyway, it seemed like a good group.

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